Serfas Krest 9r MTB Tires First impression

I’ve used Serfas saddlebags and racks in the past, but I didn’t know that they also sell tires. The good folks from Serfas sent us a pair of their Krest 9r MTB tires for me to test on my KHS Solo One 29er. My Solo One comes with Kenda Nevegals, a tire that really performs well on the terrain that I ride.

Krest 9er on left, Nevegal on right.

The Krest 9r have a similar pattern as the Nevegals, except for smaller knobs. The big difference is their weight:

Weight of 1 Kenda Nevegal 29er tire.

Weight of 1 Serfas Krest 9r tire.

That’s right folks, almost a pound lighter PER tire! The Serfas Krest 9r weighs almost as much as a 26er, that impressed me quite a bit.

Last Sunday, RL and I hit the Loop early in the morning for a quick training ride. I was eager to see how the Serfas Krest 9r were going to perform. The dirt was nice and packed, it looks like last week’s rain did the trail some good. The tires offered great grip and rolled rather fast.

The bike cornered well and when we rode through some loose stuff, the bike wiggled minimally. My first impression of these tires is very positive, I will put on some more miles and write full review on durability and how the tires handle on other type of terrain.